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Delta Flight Shoots Through Irma for Quick Stop in Puerto Rico

"We ran through a completely empty airport. We were the only people in security," one passenger said

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    People scrambled to get out of Puerto Rico as they boarded the last flight out of the country that is in the line of Hurricane Irma. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017)

    A daring Delta Air Lines crew that flew in and out of Puerto Rico as Hurricane Irma's wind and rain approached is garnering kudos.

    The flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 shared a radar image showing the plane heading into San Juan from New York just before noon Wednesday as the swirling storm was set to engulf the island.

    The plane took off less than an hour later with a new group of passengers for the return trip to New York.

    "We ran through a completely empty airport. We were the only people in security," passenger Karen Hongslo told NBC New York.

    Radar images show it navigating a narrow path between Irma's outer bands to escape the storm. Passenger Syrlane Moura said the plane was "very shaky" when it flew near Irma.

    Delta executive Erik Snell praised the quick turnaround. He said meteorologists for the Atlanta-based airline worked with the flight crew and agreed that it was safe to fly.